Chilean Fjords – Discovering the Heart of Patagonia

Chilean Fjords – Discovering the Heart of Patagonia

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Chilean Fjords – Discovering the Heart of Patagonia

15 Days Starting in Valparaíso, Chile and ending in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Visiting: Valparaíso, Niebla, Castro, Tortel, White Narrows, Puerto Natales, Parque Nacional Alberto de Agostini, Puerto Williams, Cape Horn, Ushuaia, Buenos Aires, South America

Ship Name:
MS Fridtjof Nansen
Ship Capacity:

530

Physical rating:

Medium

Age range:

5-99

Tour operated in:
English
Interests:

Polar, Wildlife Tours

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Tour Overview

On expedition in Patagonia - Setting sail from the UNESCO hilltop gem of Valparaíso, we sail south to picturesque Niebla and charming Castro. Continuing along the west coast to Patagonia, you’ll discover breathtaking panoramic scenery and be welcomed by remote communities to learn how they live. At Puerto Natales, you can choose to visit the world-renowned Torres del Paine National Park with its towering granite mountains. Fjords, glaciers and the fabled Cape Horn - Sailing into the awe-inspiring Chilean fjords, we encounter a rugged, maze-like coastline with a multitude of islands, steep mountains and glittering glaciers. This is the perfect region to explore expedition-style, and we’ll do just that. We’ll attempt a landing at the legendary Cape Horn, before winding our way through fabled waterways toward our adventure’s end in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world.

Highlights

  • Join an unforgettable expedition from Valparaíso to Ushuaia, taking in the beauty of the Chilean fjords.

  • See spectacular national parks, UNESCO sites and bustling cities, and visit remote communities at Puerto Williams and Caleta Tortel.

  • Attempt an exciting shore landing at legendary Cape Horn.

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Valparaiso
Location: Valparaíso

Your expedition ship awaits you in Valparaíso, the 'Jewel of the Pacific'. Built on steep hillsides overlooking the ocean, it's well worth spending time in this UNESCO-listed city.

Filled with attractions, the city is an exhilarating maze of winding alleyways, colourful houses, and mercados packed with local produce. Why not take it all in on a funicular ride up to Cerro Alegre and Concepción.

If you’d like to explore more of Valparaíso, you can join one of our optional Pre-Programmes.

After picking up your expedition jacket and meeting your Expedition Team, find your cabin and explore the ship, before enjoying the first of many delicious meals on board as we set sail.

Day 2 : Wildlife Spotting At Sea
Location: Valparaíso

Prepare for the adventures ahead as we spend a day at sea. cruising south. Take the opportunity to get to know your ship better, perhaps trying out some of its facilities such as the hot tubs or sauna. There will also be lectures to attend and new friends to be made.

Our journey takes us through the rich waters of the Humboldt Current as we pass over the Peruvian trench – a tectonically active, 5,000-foot-deep gouge in the seafloor. The deep water and swift-moving currents bring a variety of wildlife to the area. Your Expedition Team will tell you more about the Humboldt Current’s importance to the marine ecosystem, and help you spot birdlife like Peruvian Boobies, Brown Boobies, and various species of whales.

Day 3 : The Fortress At Niebla
Location: Niebla

We go ashore at the pretty seaside town of Niebla, set on a picturesque peninsula with views of Corral Bay on one side and the Valdivia River on the other. Take a stroll on the wide sandy beach and, if the Feria Costumbrista market is on, you may want to sample some traditional snacks, such as empanadas, anticuchos and churros.

Aside from the town itself, the ruins of the old Spanish fort and its associated museum are well worth a visit. Learn more about the region's history here, then wander around the lighthouse. You'll enjoy beautiful views across the river and bay.

Day 4 : Castro's Chilotan Charm
Location: Castro

Set amidst the lush greenery of Chiloé Island, Castro is Chile’s third oldest city. It’s also home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites – Iglesia San Francisco and Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de Gracia de Nercón. The former is one of the oldest colonial era buildings in the country and has survived 15 major earthquakes.

Keep your camera ready for views of the city’s colourful palafitos – stilt houses along the waterfront. For an insight into local history and culture, head to the Museo Regional de Castro and the Modern Art Museum.

Day 5 : The Waters Of Patagonia
Location: Castro

Your expedition cruise continues south through the waters of Patagonia. The seas here are captivating, with a whole palette of shades of blue, from the brightest aquamarine to the deepest midnight hues.

As we sail, there's a good chance you’ll see whales, seabirds, seals and more. Take in the scenery from the panoramic sauna or on-deck hot tubs and infinity pool, or just enjoy the onboard cuisine, before relaxing in the Explorer Lounge & Bar.

Your Expedition Team will be on hand with fascinating lectures on a range of topics, and our onboard photographer can help with tips on expedition photography.

Day 6 : Charm Of Caleta Tortel
Location: Tortel

We continue off the well-trodden path to visit isolated Caleta Tortel. Lying at the mouth of Río Baker, Chile's largest river, this charming village is home to around 500 inhabitants.

Instead of streets, a maze of boardwalks connects the close-knit community, spreading over the water and around the mountain base. If conditions permit, you'll be able to investigate the milky blue waters here by kayak.

While exploring the village, you'll come across locals selling handicrafts and you may even be treated to a performance by folk dancers.

Day 7 : Days 7-8 Exploration Days
Location: White Narrows

We’ll spend the next two days sailing through the maze of the Chilean fjords. Tidal conditions allowing, we hope to visit Puerto Edén, an enchanting village only accessible by sea. The 250-strong community here are some of the last remaining members of the Indigenous Kawésqar people, offering a fascinating insight into Patagonian culture.

Alternatively, we’ll spend the day cruising the majestic fjords, drinking in the incredible scenery and spotting wildlife along the way. We may take the opportunity to launch our small expedition boats and explore even closer. Be ready for spontaneous adventures!

The next day, according to the tide, we’ll sail through the White Narrows into Puerto Natales. At less than 330 feet wide in parts, this striking waterway between islets and sheer rock cliffs is only passable in slack water and daylight.

Head out on deck to witness some of the most beautiful landscapes on the continent as your Captain skilfully navigates the ship through these famed channels.

Day 9 : Bohemian Puerto Natales
Location: Puerto Natales

Today you’ll awake in Puerto Natales, gateway to the Torres del Paine National Park. The rugged landscape features steppe, forest and desert, punctuated by glaciers and lakes, and you can choose to see it either on a panoramic bus or hiking tour.

Andean animals such as guanacos, rheas and the elusive puma roam here. Look out for Chilean Flamingos as well as the mighty Andean Condor.

Puerto Natales is a popular hub for hikers and adventurers, with many eateries, bars and outdoor shops. Visit the artisan village at Etherh Aike or stroll along the photogenic waterfront.

Day 10 : Days 10-11 Stunning Chilean Fjords
Location: Puerto Natales

We’ll depart Puerto Natales as the tides and currents allow, sailing through the White Narrows again. Once through, we’ll cruise deep into the heart of the Chilean fjords, surrounded by panoramic views, as we head towards Garibaldi Fjord.

Sailing south along the Chilean coast, join your Expedition Team for fascinating lectures on topics that might include pre-Columbian history, the geology of our surroundings and the folklore of local communities.

Enjoy the serenity and beauty of the maze of fjords we pass, surrounded by islands, glaciers and steep mountains. And keep an eye out for elephant seals, dolphins and whales, who often swim alongside the ship.

Our resident photographer will be on hand to help you get the most from your wildlife and landscape photography.

Day 12 : Garibaldi Fjord
Location: Parque Nacional Alberto de Agostini

The goal for the day is a scenic cruise within Garibaldi Fjord in Alberto de Agostini National Park, all the way up to Garibaldi Glacier. Here, the Andes tumble into the Pacific and great glaciers calve ice into the beautiful fjords.

The area is also a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, and its rich waters are home to seals, sea lions and many seabirds, including the impressive Andean Condor.

If conditions allow, we'll reach the Garibaldi Glacier at the head of the fjord, one of the most impressive glaciers in all of Chile.

Day 13 : Peaceful Puerto Williams
Location: Puerto Williams

Soak up the peaceful atmosphere of Puerto Williams, another contender for the world's southernmost city. Drop into the Martin Gusinde Anthropological Museum where you'll find Indigenous Yaghan artifacts, maps, photographs and a traditional canoe. You can also see a replica of the bow of the Yelcho – the ship that rescued Shackleton’s men in 1916.

Hike through the gorgeous scenery, on your own or as part of a guided excursion. You may be able to kayak if the weather allows, and keen birdwatchers should have their binoculars handy to spot seabirds, including the mighty albatross.

Day 14 : Rounding Cape Horn
Location: Cape Horn

Today we cruise through the Beagle Channel and sail down to the southernmost tip of South America – Cape Horn. The rocky walls of the channel plunge straight into the deep blue icy waters of this wild and remote seascape. Watch out for rare, endemic Peale’s dolphins and other wildlife here.

Cape Horn is where the open waters of the Atlantic and Pacific collide, creating powerful, swirling waves. Rounding the cape would once strike fear into the heart of hardened sailors. But with the benefit of our modern instruments, we'll attempt to safely land on and explore the cape … if the conditions cooperate, of course.

Your expedition cruise continues through fabled waterways toward Ushuaia, our final stop.

Day 14 : Ushuaia To Buenos Aires
Location: Ushuaia, Buenos Aires

Your expedition cruise to Patagonia and the Chilean fjords comes to an end in Ushuaia, the capital of Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego Province. Set against the magnificent backdrop of the Martial Glacier, Ushuaia vies for the title of the world’s southernmost city.

From here, you’ll take a flight back to Buenos Aires, but it doesn’t have to be the end of your journey. If you have time before your onward journey join our optional Post-Programme to enjoy even more adventure.

Ship Details

MS Fridtjof Nansen

Image Of Ship

Named in homage to Norwegian Explorer - Fridtjof Nansen, this is one of two fully hybrid ships in our fleet. She brings comfort to some of the world's most spectacular destinations, on board one of the most environmentally friendly ships in the world.Interestingly, after Nansen's Fram expedition, the ship was passed on to another great explorer who secretly planned an expedition to the South Pole - Roald Amundsen.

The newest addition to our fleet will honor the heritage of her namesake – the Norwegian explorer, scientist, humanitarian, and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Fridtjof Nansen. Known for his innovations in Arctic expeditions, Nansen led the first crossing of Greenland on cross-country skis. He is perhaps most famous for his attempt to reach the geographical North Pole during the Fram Expedition (1893-1896).

Interestingly, after Nansen's Fram expedition, the ship was passed on to another great explorer who secretly planned an expedition to the South Pole - Roald Amundsen.

Serving as your floating base camp to some of the world's most breathtaking landscapes - MS Fritdjof Nansen is at the forefront of sustainable exploration. As one of two hybrid ships within the fleet, the innovative sustainable technology reduces the ship's fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by up to 20%.

The rugged scenery will be reflected inside the ship through the use of Scandinavian materials from nature, such as granite, oak, birch, and wool that invoke a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere in which to unwind. With a host of public spaces including three restaurants, a fitness and wellbeing suite, a state-of-the-art science center, and a two-level indoor/outdoor Observation Deck. It is an ideal place to scan the scenery as you explore the world around you and watch for wildlife with your binoculars.

Ship Name:

MS Fridtjof Nansen

Adults Only Areas:

no kids

Ship Children Facilities:

none

Ship Nursery:

none

Smoking Areas:

some

Ship Size:

small

Ship Style:

expedition

Ship Type:

ocean

Ship Currency:

NOK

Ship Language:

en

Ship Capacity:

530

Number of Decks:

9

Number of Cabins:

265

Ship Launch Year:

2020

Ship Gross Tonnage:

20889

Ship Length (Meters):

140 M

Ship Width (Meters):

23.6 M

Ship Speed (Knots):

15 Kn

Deck 10

Explorer Lounge & BarPool DeckPool BarSauna

Deck 11

Running TrackOutdoor GymObservation Deck

Deck 3

Expedition LaunchMedical Center

Deck 4

GangwayArctic Superior CabinsOutside Cabins

Deck 5

Expedition SuitesArctic Superior CabinsOutside Cabins

Deck 6

Aune Main DiningFredheim RestaurantShopReceptionExpedition DeskNansen Science CenterLecture HallsLibraryObservation Deck

Deck 7

Observation DeckGymWellness CenterExpedition SuitesArctic Superior Cabins

Deck 8

Expedition SuitesArctic Superior Cabins

Deck 9

Lindstrom RestaurantExpedition SuitesArctic Superior Cabins

Expedition Suite

These suites are large, well-appointed cabins with expansive windows and most have balconies. Some have a private outdoor hot tub. The suites feature flexible sleeping arrangements with comfortable seating areas and TV. Many can accommodate up to four people. Expedition suites are exclusively in upper and mid-deck locations. Our Expedition Suite concept includes a bathrobe, espresso maker, and more. An exciting welcome gift awaits all suite guests in their cabin.

Arctic Superior

Arctic Superior class cabins are comfortable and roomy accommodation and most have balconies. Flexible sleeping arrangements, sofa beds, TV and other features make this one of our most popular categories. Our Arctic Superior concept includes an amenity kit, kettle, tea and coffee. Can accommodate two to four passengers.

Polar Outside

The Polar Outside cabins are primarily on the middle decks with windows, most are spacious, have flexible sleeping arrangements and TV for excellent and high standard accommodation. Can accommodate two to four passengers.

Expedition Suite | XL Suite (Grade MB )

Extra Large Corner Suite without balcony. Aft corner suite with sofabed, flexible sleeping arrangements with double bed that can be divided into two single beds, large windows, TV, minibar, bathrobe, kettle, tea and coffee, espresso maker. Please note: This cabin is automatically made with a double bed. To order twin beds, please notify us at time of booking.

Expedition Suite - Corner suite with balcony (Grade MC )

Aft Corner Suite with private balcony and hot tub. Various sizes, large windows, flexible sleeping arrangements, some with sofa, TV, minibar, bathrobe, kettle, tea and coffee, espresso maker. 

Expedition Suite - XL suite with balcony (Grade MA )

Extra Large Corner Suite with private balcony. Ship’s most spacious cabins with large windows, flexible sleeping arrangements, sofa bed, TV, minibar, bathrobe, kettle, tea and coffee, espresso maker.

Expedition Suite - Suite with balcony (Grade ME )

Suites with private balcony, different sizes, top-high decks, flexible sleeping arrangements, some with sofabed, TV, minibar, bathrobe, kettle, tea and coffee, espresso maker.

Arctic Superior - Outside cabin on upper deck (Grade XY )

High deck cabins with balcony. Spacious cabins, different sizes, double bed, some with sofabed, TV, kettle, tea and coffee.

Expedition Suite | Suite - With balcony (Grade ME )

Suites with private balcony, different sizes, top-high decks, flexible sleeping arrangements, some with sofabed, TV, minibar, bathrobe, kettle, tea and coffee, espresso maker.Please note: This cabin is automatically made with a double bed. To order twin beds, please notify us at time of booking.

Arctic Superior - Outside cabin with balcony (Grade XTJ )

High deck cabins with balcony. Spacious cabins, different sizes, flexible sleeping arrangements, some with sofabed, TV, kettle, tea and coffee. With limited view.

Polar Outside | Outside cabin - Lower/middle decks (Grade RR )

Larger cabins on middle decks. Most 20 square meters, flexible sleeping arrangements, some with sofabed, TV.Please note: This cabin is automatically made with a double bed. To order twin beds, please notify us at time of booking.

Arctic Superior - Outside cabin on middle deck (Grade TY )

Large accessible cabins without balcony. Middle decks, flexible sleeping arrangements, TV, kettle, tea and coffee.

Polar Outside - Outside cabin on lower/middle deck (Grade RS )

Cabins on lower/middle decks. Double bed, TV.

Arctic Superior | Outside cabin - Upper deck (Grade XTD )

High deck cabins with balcony. Spacious cabins, different sizes, double bed, some with sofabed, TV, kettle, tea and coffee.

Arctic Superior - Outside cabin on upper deck (Grade XT )

High deck cabins with balcony. Spacious cabins, different sizes, flexible sleeping arrangements, some with sofabed, TV, kettle, tea and coffee.

Arctic Superior - Outside cabin on lower/middle deck (Grade TT )

Large cabins without balcony. Lower/middle decks, flexible sleeping arrangements, sofabed, TV, kettle, tea and coffee.

Polar Outside | Outside cabin - Lower/middle deck (Grade RS )

Cabins on lower/middle decks. Double bed, TV.

Arctic Superior | Outside cabin - With balcony (Grade XTJ )

High deck cabins with balcony. Spacious cabins, different sizes, flexible sleeping arrangements with double bed that can be divided into two single beds, some with sofabed, TV, kettle, tea and coffee. With limited view.

Arctic Superior | Outside cabin - Middle deck (Grade TY )

Large accessible cabins without balcony. Middle decks, flexible sleeping arrangements, TV, kettle, tea and coffee.

Expedition Suite | XL Suite - With balcony (Grade MA )

Extra Large Corner Suite with private balcony. Ship’s most spacious cabins with large windows, flexible sleeping arrangements with double bed that can be divided into two single beds, sofabed, TV, minibar, bathrobe, kettle, tea and coffee, espresso maker.Please note: This cabin is automatically made with a double bed. To order twin beds, please notify us at time of booking.

Arctic Superior - Outside cabin on upper deck (Grade XTD )

High deck cabins with balcony. Spacious cabins, different sizes, double bed, some with sofabed, TV, kettle, tea and coffee.

Arctic Superior | Outside cabin - Lower/middle decks (Grade TT )

Large cabins without balcony. Lower/middle decks, flexible sleeping arrangements, sofabed, TV, kettle, tea and coffee.Please note: This cabin is automatically made with a double bed. To order twin beds, please notify us at time of booking.

Expedition Suite - Large suite with balcony (Grade MD )

Large Corner Suite with private balcony, flexible sleeping arrangements, sofabed, TV, minibar, bathrobe, kettle, espresso maker. Adapted for guests with wheelchair.

Arctic Superior | Outside cabin - Upper deck (Grade XT )

High deck cabins with balcony. Spacious cabins, different sizes, flexible sleeping arrangements, some with sofabed, TV, kettle, tea and coffee.Please note: This cabin is automatically made with a double bed. To order twin beds, please notify us at time of booking.

Arctic Superior | Outside cabin - Upper deck (Grade XY )

Accessible cabin with balcony. High deck, broad balcony, double bed, TV, kettle, tea and coffee.

Expedition Suite - XL suite without balcony (Grade MB )

Extra Large Corner Suite without balcony. Aft corner suite with sofabed, flexible sleeping arrangements, large windows, TV, minibar, bathrobe, kettle, tea and coffee, espresso maker.

Expedition Suite | Large suite - With balcony (Grade MD )

Large Corner Suite with private balcony, flexible sleeping arrangements, sofabed, TV, minibar, bathrobe, kettle, espresso maker. Adapted for guests with wheelchair.Please note: This cabin is automatically made with a double bed. To order twin beds, please notify us at time of booking.

Expedition Suite | Corner suite (Grade MF )

Corner cabin with large windows. Flexible sleeping arrangements, TV, minibar, bathrobe, kettle, tea and coffee, espresso maker. Without balcony.Please note: This cabin is automatically made with a double bed. To order twin beds, please notify us at time of booking.

Expedition Suite | Corner Suite - With balcony (Grade MC )

Aft Corner Suite with private balcony and hot tub. Various sizes, large windows, flexible sleeping arrangements with double bed that can be divided into two single beds, some with sofa, TV, minibar, bathrobe, kettle, tea and coffee, espresso maker. Please note: This cabin is automatically made with a double bed. To order twin beds, please notify us at time of booking.

Polar Outside (RR) (Grade RR )

Larger cabins on middle decks. Most 20 square meters, flexible sleeping arrangements, some with sofabed, TV. Please note: This cabin is automatically made with a double bed. To order twin beds, please notify us at time of booking.

Expedition Suite - Corner suite (Grade MF )

Corner cabin with large windows. Flexible sleeping arrangements, TV, minibar, bathrobe, kettle, tea and coffee, espresso maker. Without balcony.

Discover delicious food prepared in the state-of-the-art kitchens on board MS Fridtjof Nansen. Our creative chefs use local ingredients and take inspiration from regional flavours to take you on a culinary tour.

Aune Restaurant

Named after the Norwegian ship chandler and polar expedition supplier Tinus Aune.

Fredheim

The ships’ informal and social meeting place – named after a 1900s hunting station on Svalbard.

Lindstrøm

A speciality restaurant named after Adolf Lindstrøm, the favourite chef of the Norwegian polar heroes.

Your expedition ship will quickly feel like your home away from home. The clean and elegant interior design stems from Hurtigruten’s Scandinavian roots, blending high quality with casual functionality.

Explorer Lounge

Relax and rejuvenate in the elegant Explorer lounge & bar. Sink into a comfortable armchair and gaze out at the magnificent views through the floor-to-ceiling windows.

Library

The ship has a small selection of books that are available to guests while on board.

Observation Deck

One of the most eye-catching exterior design features is the two level indoor/outdoor Observation Deck. It is an ideal place to scan the scenery and watch wildlife with your binoculars.

Pool Bar

The Pool Bar can be found on Deck 10.

Pool Deck

The Pool Deck can be found on Deck 10.

Reception

The Reception can be found on Deck 6.

Shop

In our on board shop you can buy modern clothing suitable for Expedition cruis. Our Expedition Team will be happy to give you expert advice on how to dress properly in polar areas. We offer a great range of both warm and practical clothing, and we focus fabrics with natural fibres. We also offer souvenirs, handicrafts, and postcards. In addition, we also stock a small selection of soap, toothpaste and other personal effects.

Excursions

We offer a rich and varied program of optional shore excursions. In many ports, we offer an included excursion, which can be reserved for no additional charge. In many cases the included excursion can be combined with other optional excursions in the port. Most excursions can be pre-booked but may also be bookable onboard if capacity remains. We advise that you book well in advance in order to avoid disappointment due to the excursion being fully booked. Please note that registration is binding, and once on board the Expedition Team will advise you of booking deadlines for excursions still available. Our excursions have English speaking guides unless otherwise indicated and other languages cannot be guaranteed unless otherwise specified. Excursions are subject to change and possible cancellation due to weather conditions. They are also dependent on the number of participants. All expedition shore landings and small boat cruising during our exploration of Antarctica are included the programme. Along with the optional excursions available to book, the Expedition Team also arrange a variety of activities during the voyage. These will depend on location and season, but may include hiking, small boat cruising, kayaking, snowshoeing, or camping. A limited amount of kayaking is available for booking prior to select voyages, but all other activities are booked on board and subject to availability.

Expedition Launch Pad

The Expedition Launch Pad can be found on Deck 3.

Expedition Team Desk

Each expedition voyage is accompanied by a hand-picked team of specialists and modern-day explorers. Highly experienced, passionate and knowledgeable, the Expedition Team will be your guides and guardians on your voyage of exploration, instructing you on safety, sustainability and science.MS Fridtjof Nansen will feature a variety of custom built expedition equipment, including kayaks, a fleet of Blueye underwater drones and Expedition Boats for safe landings in remote areas.

Lecture Halls

The Lecture Halls can be found on Deck 6.

Science Center

This is the core of the onboard experience. The Science Center is packed with state of the art technology and high tech gadgets such as touch screens and science equipment. This is where guests and staff/crew meet, mingle and create a deeper understanding for the areas you explore. The flexible venue features lecture spaces, a small library, and speciality areas for workshops in photography, biology, and more. This is also where you'll find Hurtigruten’s hand picked Expedition Team.

No Hurtigruten Expedition ships feature children’s playrooms.

Aboard MS Fridtjof Nansen, you’ll have everything you need to stay active and keep your mind healthy. A full suite of facilities lets you exercise and relax to your heart’s content.

Gym

After a day of exploring new destinations, guests can relax and rejuvenate in the large gym and Wellness center.

Hot Tub

After a day of exploring new destinations, guests can relax and rejuvenate in the aft infinity pool and hot tubs as one of the highlights.

Outdoor Running Track

The Outdoor Running Track can be found on Deck 11.

Sauna

The Sauna can be found on Deck 10.

Wellness Center

The ship has a wellness center where the guests may buy treatments as body massage, face, hand and foot treatments.

It is not common practice to tip on Hurtigruten ships° on the expedition voyage, but if you feel that crew members should be rewarded for providing exceptional service, tip boxes are placed in the restaurant together with envelopes.  

Age Restrictions

Hurtigruten AS cannot allow children under the age of 5 to travel with us to Antarctica and South Georgia. For safety reasons, children under 12 years of age will be considered for participation on each landing.

Children

Hurtigruten Expeditions cannot allow children under the age of 5 to travel with us to Antarctica and South Georgia. For safety reasons, children under 12 years of age will be considered for participation in excursions at each landing.

Dietary Requirements

Special diets can be catered for if requested in good time (preferably when booking). Passengers on strict diets e.g vegans, may find that there is limited choice.

Disabled Facilities

The ship is suitable for wheelchair users. Persons in need of special assistance must travel with a companion. Please note that the gangway must be used for wheelchair users to embark and disembark. In ports where tidal conditions or other circumstances require the use of a portable gangway, or during landings with expedition boats, it is not possible to use/take wheelchairs. Extension tours to Machu Picchu, the Galapagos Islands, and Lake Titicaca are not suitable for wheelchair users. Guests who use a wheelchair must bring their own standard size, foldable chair.

Dress Code

On board dress is informal. Although some passengers choose to change for dinner the dress code is casual rather than formal. The weather in Norway can vary during the course of each voyage or even during the day. To cater for these variations it’s recommended to use the layered dress approach that enables you to adapt to changes in temperature, wind and precipitation conditions easily.For all voyages it’s advised you to take breathable rain and windproof clothing. A warm hat, gloves, scarf and thermal clothing can be useful, together with thermal underwear, during the winter months. On land where it may be icy, sturdy shoes are important for shore excursions and a walking stick/trekking pole may be useful. You should pack a pair of UV protective sunglasses, even during the winter as the reflections of snow and ice can be harmful to the unprotected eye.

Drones

Please note the use of passenger-operated drones is not permitted during your voyage. This is for general safety as well as the protection of the vulnerable wildlife and other guests’ personal security.

Equipment Rentals

On many of our expedition cruises we are landing in areas covered with snow. Terrain might be muddy, uneven, wet, and very slippery. The weather may be inclement and cold. This is part of being an explorer. In Antarctica, it is mandatory to use rubber boots for all landings. For nature landings in Arctic Canada, Greenland, Iceland, or other locations, rubber boots are recommended. A pair of special purpose boots can be borrowed on board free of charge for the duration of your cruise, and we will make sure that they are rinsed and declared clean from seeds and other biological material after every landing. This is to avoid unintentionally spreading invasive species into fragile environments. We carry sizes from 32 to 50. If you need a smaller or larger size than this, or prefer to wear your own boots, you are welcome to bring private rubber boots, but please be advised that our Expedition Team will have them checked before going ashore, to make sure they are suitable for landing. We also lend out walking sticks on board. If you are more comfortable using your own walking sticks, bring them along with you, but bear in mind that they must be properly cleaned and disinfected after every landing. 

Food & Beverage

On board, we serve a delicious breakfast, lunch, and dinner, all in accordance with your daily programme. Mealtimes will be announced in the daily programme. Due to Covid Regulations, we have limited Capacity in the Restaurants and we are working with time slots. We are asking kindly all guests to book their time slots with the Headwaiter. Please provide information regarding special requests for seating arrangements and dietary requirements to your sales office/travel agent before your cruise. On the ships which have the à la carte restaurant Lindstrøm, our suite guests may enjoy their breakfast and lunch there. For dinner, Lindstrøm will be open for all guests, but there is an additional charge of 25 Euro per person for non-suite guests. Reservation is required and will depend upon availability. Fredheim is the ship’s third dining option, offering casual dining in relaxed atmosphere, or a takeaway option during the opening hours. There will be no take away option on the last day of the cruise when you disembark the ship. Soft drinks, beer, and the ship wine are included for all meals in our restaurants. Coffee, tea, and potable water that has been purified on board is included throughout the day. There is complimentary still and sparkling water for all meals. An upgraded beverage package is also available.

Language

The working language on board is English. Announcements and written information are also given in German, and may also be given in French and Chinese on selected departures. In order to be able to accommodate lectures in a language other than English, we offer an “in ear” translation into German. Lectures will be streamed into the cabins. 

Laundry

This service is free of charge for all suite guests. There is no self-service laundry for guest. Instead, you will be provided a laundry form that you need to fill out. Prices are listed on this form.  

Lifesaving equipment, life vest, and safety on board.

The ship complies with international safety requirements, and is a modern vessel suitable for sailing in the respective destinations, including icy waters. All guests will be instructed in safety procedures and the use and location of the safety equipment before departure. There is a Safety Notice posted on the inside of the cabin door which we encourage all guests to read carefully. During the sailing, special safety regulations will apply on landings with the Expedition boats. Please follow the instructions given by the Expedition Leader and crew/staff. Special lifejackets for use during landings will be provided to all passengers. A mandatory briefing regarding the safety guidelines will also be given. 

Mail

You can hand in your mail at the reception, and for the cost of stamps we will forward the post in every port where possible. The time needed for delivery of mail may be relatively long. Hurtigruten Expeditions accepts no responsibility for lost mail.  

Medical Facilities

There is an English-speaking physician and nurse on board always. The ship has a small medical facility with the necessary equipment and medication to handle small emergencies. In the event of a serious emergency, the nearest hospital will be contacted. Medical consultations as well as medicines will be charged to the passenger affected. All guests must have personal travel/health insurance. If you depend on medication, remember to bring sufficient supplies to last through any unforeseen delays. We also recommend that you keep your medication in your hand luggage, properly labelled, and with clear instructions for its use. If you depend on vital medication, please inform the ship’s doctor upon arrival. Illness on board can lead to quarantine, and orders from the ship’s physician and captain must be followed.

Plastic, pollution and cleaner ocean

Changing the world of adventureWe are constantly enhancing how we reduce, recycle and handle our waste – and are sharing everything we learn along the way. Our guests and crew collect tons of waste from beaches every year and are educated and trained in conservation. Hurtigruten is spreading awareness about pollution in every way we can, including partnerships, organisations, research and real time monitoring of the oceans.Hurtigruten is investing in cutting-edge technology and advancing innovations throughout our entire organisation. We are building the world’s greenest and most advanced fleet of expedition cruise ships and are changing the world of adventure travel. We are continuously drilling down into every detail to ensure that we keep improving. Banning single-use plasticThe fight against plastic pollution has been a focus for Hurtigruten for years. 15 metric tons of plastic ends up in the world oceans every minute of the day and if the trend continues, this number will double in the next 10 years. This means that by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans.Hurtigruten will become the world’s first plastic-free cruise company. And Hurtigruten was the first major travel company to remove single-use plastic from all our ships, restaurants and hotels. Plastic straws have been replaced by metal, stir pins will no longer be used – and the same with plastic cups wrapped in plastic, plastic cutlery, plastic bags, plastic lids on coffee cups, plastic toothpicks, plastic aprons, single-use packaging of butter and all other single-use plastic items that Hurtigruten’s 500,000 guests and 2,500 employees encounter on a day-to-day basis.The single-use plastic ban also is also being imposed on the hotels, restaurants and other establishments of our land-based operations. Plastic packaging has either been removed or replaced by environmentally friendly alternatives made of paper, metal or other biodegradable and sustainable materials. And most important, this means a huge cut in single-use items all together.No one can win the war on plastic alone. At Hurtigruten, we work actively to spread the experiences from our plastic reduction program and engage our guests, allies, competitors, local communities, authorities and anyone else who wants to join the fight. We have also implemented stricter sustainability demands on our suppliers, challenging them to reduce or stop the use of single-use plastic.Cleaning beachesThe most important everyday task of our crews and guests is to stop the waste before it hits the oceans. But sometimes, we need to do some first aid as well. On a daily basis, Hurtigruten Expedition teams take guests on excursions and hikes somewhere truly spectacular. On every landing at every destination, our Expedition Teams and guests are encouraged to take part in collecting waste. In addition, Hurtigruten Expedition Teams arrange larger beach cleanups on carefully selected spots. This results in the removal of several metric tons of waste every year.Spreading awareness – creating ambassadorsHurtigruten wants to create a deeper understanding of the areas we explore and the opportunities and challenges they are facing. We aim to create ambassadors for every destination on every voyage. Guests are joined by Hurtigruten’s highly skilled and experienced Expedition Teams. With fields of expertise ranging from biology and polar survival to the Northern Lights and sustainability, they indulge in talks, lectures and discussions about local cultures, wildlife, nature and pollution – such as plastic and microplastic and how this affects the oceans. This is to further increase our guests´ knowledge about these issues. Through the Young Explorer program, Hurtigruten introduce and engage young guests in beach cleanups, special lectures and other sustainability activities.Hurtigruten is proud to engage, support and cooperate with organisations and initiatives like Clean Arctic Alliance, European Climate Foundation, Norwegian Polar Institute - the main research organisation focusing on polar bears living on Svalbard, Bellona Foundation and the Clean Up Svalbard program. In addition, we have established Hurtigruten Foundation to raise awareness and reward local and global initiatives that make a positive impact.Managing waste and stopping spillsAll waste on all our ships and hotels is of course sorted for recycling. Together with partners we work to install better sorting facilities on board and to ensure adequate infrastructure at key ports to collect and recycle waste from our operations. We also work to influence ports and authorities to provide better waste management.We maintain stringent policies regarding discharge into the sea, including a ban on discharging food waste, grey water, bilge water and black water in vulnerable areas. We are of course also in compliance with the Ballast Water Convention.Reducing food waste through innovationFood production monitoringWhen serving over 4 million meals each year, even a tiny reduction in food waste can make a huge difference. For us, tiny is not enough. That’s why we have pledged to reduce food waste by 30 per cent by 2021. We have implemented a digital registration and real-time measurement of all stages of our food production to increase our knowledge and minimize food waste. Our early results show more than a 20 percent expected reduction in food waste.Food systems sustainability effortsHurtigruten has signed a three-year agreement with the EAT foundation, whose mission is to catalyse a food system transformation through sound science, impatient disruption and novel partnerships. Our partnership aims at exploring other initiatives to improve our sustainability efforts within food systems and broaden the on board food offering.Food traceabilityWhat we take out of the water is equally important. You should know where your food is coming from. When serving you a local cheese in Lofoten, we can take you to the farm and meet the goats. Needless to say, Hurtigruten maintains a ban on all red-listed seafood, and we demand third party certification of all fish purchased (MSC, ASC or equivalent).

Resident Photographers

Our on board photographer will be there to assist guests in the use of their photo equipment and to help improve their photo skills. To enhance the experience of the places we explore, we use photography actively with our guests. Slideshow shared onboard before the end of the voyage and made available for all guests in an Expedition Logbook - including a selection of photos as well as the Daily Programs, Expedition Team biographies, Maps from the voyage and more for sharing/download.

Science, innovation and technology

Fighting climate change through innovationHurtigruten’s revolutionary hybrid° powered ships are the backbone of what will be the world’s greenest expedition cruise fleet. They have been named after legends of the golden age of Polar exploration. This is no coincidence. Hurtigruten traces our roots back to the great polar heroes° and has explored some of the most spectacular and demanding waters of our planet since 1893.Driving technology and innovation has helped us overcome every obstacle we have faced since, and now climate change is facing us with another huge challenge that must be overcome. Our response is new technology and innovation.Building on our 125 years of pioneering heritage, our new ships will be equipped with large battery packs to significantly cut emissions. In addition, the ships are packed with cutting-edge green technology, environmental solutions, and improved hull and bow design. Historical green upgradeBeing the world leader in green adventure° travel, our urge to improve has made us introduce another groundbreaking industry-first:Hurtigruten is refitting a number of our existing ships from traditional diesel engines to hybrid power - combining liquified natural gas (LNG), bio gas (LBG) and battery packs. This huge green upgrade program allows us to optimize the full use of clean battery power and LNG – the greenest fuel currently available for shipping. The use of efficient LNG engines alone will reduce CO2 emissions by up to 25 percent compared to 2015 levels. NOx emissions will be reduced by a whopping 90 percent.Research, innovation, cooperation & monitoringIn our quest for greener travel, Hurtigruten cooperates with a number of technology-driven° companies. From global players to local startups, Hurtigruten is determined to raise the standards and move borders. As we have done with the Norwegian startup Blueye Robotics, adding underwater drones – and literally opening new horizons for our guests.Hurtigruten also has a long history of participating in programs to monitor and analyse the waters and areas we operate in. Together with our guests we are involved in important° research, from registration of polar bears on Svalbard and logging seawater temperature along the Norwegian coast, to oil surveillance and Antarctic research.Since 1932, Hurtigruten has been measuring sea temperature, salinity levels and algae growth as part of an ongoing collaboration with the Norwegian Institute for Marine Research and the Norwegian Institute for water research. 80 years ago, we threw a bucket overboard to collect samples to bring home. Now, we collect precise water measurements using the sophisticated° sensor system Ferrybox. The data collected by Ferrybox is transferred via satellite to NIVA and used by reseachers to monitor natural variability in the ocean and human impacts on the oceans, including climate change.Ocean Visuals is a system currently installed onboard MS Trollfjord. With the advanced laser equipment, we continuously monitor the ocean for oil spillages. MS Trollfjord and MS Midnatsol have made 5 million measurements° so far, identifying more than 40 incidents of oil spillages and two leaks from installations on shore. The Norwegian Coastal Administration is notified° immediately of such instances. All data from Ocean Visuals is collected and is made open source for anyone to review and research.We take part in enhancing the areas we sail in by contributing to citizen science. For example, at Svalbard we take part in the Norwegian Polar Institute project for registration of marine mammals in the Arctic (Marine Mammal Sightings Data Base). The data improves our overall understanding of habitat use and seasonal movement patterns.Advancing shore powerWhen connected to shore power, our emissions are reduced to zero. Our entire fleet sailing the Norwegian coast will be retrofitted with this capability by 2021. Shore-based electricity has enormous positive effects. The new shore-based electricity facility in the port of Bergen alone, will reduce our NOx emissions by 2.5 tons and CO2 emissions by 150 tons per ship, every year.The combination of battery packs and shore-based power will reduce CO2 emissions by a further 8 percent.Caring for the seaOur vessels produce their own fresh water through onboard desalination and purification technology. We reuse heat from engine coolant and the vessels´ exhaust systems to warm up the hot water tanks on board. By doing so, we save power equivalent to the consumption of 6700 households per year. We have also introduced new automatic technology to reduce food waste, as part of our sustainability and waste programs.We work to maintain stringent policies regarding discharge into the sea, including a ban on discharging food waste, grey water, bilge water and black water in Hjørundfjorden, Geirangerfjord/Storfjorden and Lyngenfjorden - and other vulnerable areas.Banning heavy fuel oilWith leading environmental agencies such as Clean Arctic Alliance and European Climate Foundation, Hurtigruten is spearheading a campaign to ban the use of HFO in Arctic waters. After operating in these waters for 125 years, we see no other option. It does not make sense to bring more pollution, more risk, to areas that need less. 

Seasickness

Seasickness pills are available in reception. If you are prone to seasickness, it is recommended that you bring pills that you are familiar with. You may also buy “sea bands” on board. 

Small boat landings

Guests are respectfully reminded that only our stable expedition boats enable both water-based exploration and safe landings in otherwise inaccessible areas. You will need to be fairly agile to board these, but there is otherwise no need to worry about travelling in them. The crew will show you what to do and as long as you follow their instructions, after a few times it will become second nature. On all landings in expedition boats, guests are expected to wear proper footwear. For additional information about the footwear, see separate point “Equipment loans”. Landing operations depend on favourable conditions. 

Smoking Policy

On board, smoking is only permitted in designated areas on outside decks. Smoking is not permitted in cabins or private balconies. Throwing cigarette butts overboard is strictly prohibited. A cleaning charge of approximately 150 EUR will be applied for smoking in the cabin, to cover the cost of cleaning linen and curtains to return it to a non-smoking standard. E-Cigarettes, according to Norwegian law, are the equivalent of tobacco cigarettes and therefore smoking these is only permitted in the designated smoking areas. When the ship is refuelling smoking is prohibited. Announcements will be made on board accordingly. Smoking is not allowed during nature landings in AECO and IAATO areas, except for city landings. 

Special Requests

If you have special requests (e.g. dietary or medical), please inform us as soon as possible, and no later than 8 weeks prior to your cruise departure. We will do our best to meet such requests but cannot guarantee to do so, and under no circumstance will any such request be accepted by us so as to form part of a contractual agreement.

Suite Service

À la carte dining option On the ships which have a Lindstrøm restaurant, suite guests are offered the chance to dine here. Reservations must be made on board and are offered upon availability. Suite breakfast On the ships which have an à la Carte restaurant, suite guests are offered a high-end breakfast, served at the table. Not available on embarkation day. Suite check-in An exclusive check-in area is available for suite guests, where they may meet and greet some of the ship officers. TakeawayWe offer a takeaway service on some of the ships from our Fredheim restaurant, 7.30 to 8.30 for breakfast and then from 12.00 noon until 21.00hrs for our all day dining from the Fredheim menu, available on your TV screen and you can order by phone. Welcome greeting On embarkation day, the suite guests will find a carabiner watch, a bottle of champagne and a welcome greeting from the captain in their suite after check-in. Turn-down service Suite guests will receive a daily turn-down service, including fresh towels and chocolate or similar on the pillow. Laundry service This service is free of charge for all suite guests. There is no self-service laundry for guest. Instead, you will be provided a laundry form that you need to fill out. Prices are listed on this form. Minibar Minibar is available in Suite Cabins and will be replenished on a daily base. The first replenishment is included. 

Sustainable operations, destinations and wildlife

Fighting mass tourismOne of Hurtigruten’s most important goals is to fight the exploitation and degradation of sites, nature and local communities by mass tourism. Operations where quantity wins over quality result in poor guest experiences in the short run - and damaged sites and destinations in the longer run. Exploration travel is not about volume, it’s about unique experiences for active guests. We have proven that explorers are willing to pay for quality experiences, learning, understanding and a broadening of their horizons. We need to stop measuring success in more tourists, more ships or more hotel beds. We need to instead measure it in the quality of the guests and the footprints they leave behind.Hurtigruten has called for a stop to mass tourism in pristine areas. We work for stricter regulations, such as size limitations on cruise ships and restricting number of guests allowed on shore. We are already following these guidelines ourselves. Our goal is to develop, encourage and maintain sustainable all-year activity, instead of flooding the valuable sites during peak season and leaving them quiet for the rest of the year. This is key to developing sustainable destinations, thriving communities and unique experiences. There is room to grow, but the growth has to be balanced and sustainable.Enhancing local communities and cultureHurtigruten respects and supports indigenous communities, values culture and traditions, and maintains a close cooperation° with communities wherever we operate. We have a deep respect for the communities, people and areas we visit, and ensure that any impact left by both guests and crew is only minor and transitory . We will not leave visible or lasting signs from a visit.Trading locally and buying services like excursions° and sourcing ingredients from local suppliers, Hurtigruten contributes to the livelihoods and welfare of small coastal° societies. Hurtigruten respects and supports indigenous communities, values culture and traditions, and maintains a very close cooperation with the communities that make an immense effort to welcome our guests – wherever we visit.Hurtigruten has also committed to buying most of our goods and services from local suppliers, and we are by far the largest player in locally sourced food in the Norwegian travel industry.Norway’s Coastal kitchen and reducing food wasteAround 80 percent of the food and drinks° we serve comes from Norwegian suppliers, and nearly half° of this is delivered directly from farms, fisheries and producers – with as few food miles added as possible. By trading locally, we reduce transportation emissions to a minimum° and increase the knowledge and understanding of local food, customs and cultures among our guests. Knowing the source also ensures the well-being of animals and the safe origin of other ingredients.Our concept Norway´s Coastal kitchen has changed° our onboard food concept, abandoning all industrial processed food and removing endangered species from our menus. Instead, our guests get to experience tasty and healthy food from local suppliers throughout the whole journey. We only serve species approved by WWF’s Seafood Guide and we became MSC-certified in 2018.We have committed° to reducing food waste by 20 percent by 2021. We have implemented a digital registration and real-time measurement of our food production to minimise food waste. Our early results show more than a 20 percent expected reduction in food waste. Respecting nature and wildlifeExploring some of the most spectacular wildernesses on our planet - and observing their unique wildlife - is an important part of every Hurtigruten voyage. This comes with an obligation to explore respectfully.Observing wild animals and birdlife is done at distance so as not to alter natural behavior and with the utmost respect for their welfare and habitat. Throughout every voyage – and prior to each landing - all guests are briefed and educated in local wildlife guidelines.Hurtigruten Expedition Team members are hand-picked, trained and certified annually, ensuring that all preparations, landings and encounters with nature and wildlife happen in accordance with Hurtigruten’s strict policies and guidelines – which surpass all industry standards.Conservation of the environmentIn order to improve our footprint, we need to understand and constantly improve our knowledge of the wildlife we encounter. That is why we participate in and encourage science and research° in several ways. We contribute to registration of polar bears on Svalbard, log seawater temperature along the Norwegian coast and conduct oil surveillance and Antarctic research. Our crew and guests also remove metric tons of garbage and litter from shores.Hurtigruten is a founding member of AECO, an organisation° working for responsible, environmentally-friendly and safe tourism in the Arctic. We are also proud members of IAATO, which advocates for and promotes° safe and environmentally-responsible travel to the Antarctic. One main focus of these organisations is to promote public awareness° and concern for the conservation of the environment and its associated ecosystems.In 2015 we established Hurtigruten Foundation, which provides funding to grassrootsorganisations and NGOs working to protect the natural environment and cultural heritage of the areas we sail in.Providing a diversified and safe work environmentWhile we work to enhance the destinations we visit, we also continously strive to enhance our own organisation. We are absolutely sure that a diversified working environment is essential for Hurtigruten to succeed. We operate with a zero tolerance for gender-based discrimination and 44 percent of our manager level employees are women. We work to ensure women´s full participation at all levels throughout our company, and we are eagerly waiting for our first female captain to be appointed as one of many in the futuree. Hurtigruten expects all partners and companies to respect equality and give everyone the same opportunity to succeed.Hurtigruten’s operations depend on a peaceful environment with democratic and effective institutions, and a stable working environment. We have implemented safeguards and policies to prevent violations of anti-corruption laws. Our organisation has implemented a whistleblower policy. The Hurtigruten ethical rules are known by all employees and the Supplier Code of Conduct is signed by all suppliers. All operations comply with the Modern Slavery Act.

Taking Sustainability Seriously

Exploring our blue planet for more than a century has taught us the importance of being green.Meaningful ChangeAs a result, we are now supporting 41 environmental, cultural and social projects in 11 different countries. These range from helping endangered orcas in the Pacific Northwest and protecting Galápagos seabirds, to securing safe spaces for vulnerable Greenlandic children and enabling community storytelling for the Itquamavit elders in Canada’s frozen north. We hope that the ripples we create today will one day turn into the waves of the future.With the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals as our compass, our cruises to the planet’s most stunning corners are where explorers can truly feel at home.After all, it’s not about us, it’s about all of us.Saying Goodbye to PlasticWe announced our war on plastics in 2018 when we were the first expedition company to ban non-essential single-use plastic throughout our entire operation. That means you won’t find items like plastic cups, plastic straws or plastic cutlery on board our ships. You also won’t see our shops selling microplastic-made fleeces but stocking natural wool clothing instead.Absent too are plastic water bottles. We provide all our guests on an expedition cruise with a complimentary high-quality reusable bottle for use at water refill stations dotted around the ship. This simple act saves at least 1,000 plastic bottles a day on some of our larger ships.Inspiring Environmental AmbassadorsWitnessing the beauty of our planet is sure to leave a lasting impression on you, and you’ll talk enthusiastically about these stunning destinations with friends and family for decades to come. To make sure you can speak informatively when you return home, every one of our expedition cruises has a focus on the environment.The Expedition Team give lectures that raise awareness of climate change, ocean plastic, and the measures we can all take to help ease these issues. It is our hope that engaging with nature on our expedition cruises will inspire you to do all you can to cherish and protect the precious world we all share.Connecting With CommunitiesWe are dedicated to supporting the local communities we visit, and to creating beneficial ripple effects that continue long after we’ve left. By trading locally and sourcing services such as food produce and excursions from local suppliers, we contribute to the livelihood and welfare of people.We strive not only to connect with these communities, but to share genuine friendship with them while always respecting their values and customs. As guests in their home, our emphasis is on appreciating their unique culture and ensuring our interactions are positive and upbuilding for all. You can therefore enjoy authentic experiences knowing your visit is doing good, both for you and for them.A Footprint We’re Proud OfYou’ll likely encounter a range of wildlife during your expedition, doing so from a safe distance. We’ll be sure to never get too close to them, out of respect for their welfare as much as yours. By not disturbing wildlife with our presence, you’ll be able to observe their natural behaviour, in their natural habitat. We want to leave nothing but footprints and take nothing but pictures! In fact, in many of the areas we visit in Antarctica, we even specifically wipe out our footprints so as to prevent penguins tripping and falling into them.Working Together As OneSustainability isn’t something we can do alone. Everyone in our industry needs to work together for a greener future. We are therefore founding members of the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO) and members of the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO). These trade member organisations work to establish sustainable tourism in polar regions, fighting mass tourism by limiting ships and shore visits, and creating guidelines that protect fragile environments and rare wildlife.We’ve also committed ourselves to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. These guiding principles will take us steps ahead of current regulations to offer you greener and more sustainable expedition cruises on and for the planet.Serving Planet-Friendly Plant-Based FoodWe offer full menus of delicious plant-based dishes that will impress even those yet to be convinced by this way of eating. These meals not only have low or even zero CO2 footprints, they also promote healthier living and prove conclusively that vegan and vegetarian cuisine can still taste great. We’ve also put in place food management waste programmes on all our ships, aiming to reduce food waste by at least 30%.Investing in Green TechBuilding our two new hybrid-powered expedition ships, MS Roald Amundsen and MS Fridtjof Nansen, represents the biggest investment in our almost 130 years of history. They are packed with ground-breaking green technology, such as battery packs, heat recovery systems, and a cutting-edge hull design. These innovations combined reduce carbon emissions by more than 20 %, compared to other cruise ships of the same size.Hurtigruten stopped using heavy fuel oil more than a decade ago and campaign for its worldwide ban. To set a new standard, we are also considering a range of new, green fuel options, including biofuels made from organic waste.Doing Your PartThere are a range of simple things you can get involved in during your cruise to do your bit. Help out on a beach clean-up where the refuse we collect is brought back onto the ship to be recycled. Citizen Science projects get you to observe our natural world closely and contribute to current research.Even hanging a tag on your cabin door to say your towels and bed sheets don’t need changing can save energy and water. You also have the option to donate to the Hurtigruten Foundation which funds projects around the world.We are setting a new, more sustainable standard for expedition cruising. You can be sure we will continue with our commitment to sustainability; leading the way with green tech, protecting our planet, supporting local communities, and inspiring more to action.With the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals as our compass, our cruises to the planet’s most stunning corners are where explorers can truly feel at home.

Walking on board

We kindly remind you to take care when walking on board the ship while at sea, especially when venturing out on deck, observing the signs for warnings of wet and slippery decks. Be aware the doors toward the outer deck are potentially dangerous in windy conditions. Please adhere to the signs and announcements when it is not advised to go outside. While walking inside, hold on to railings but not to door frames, to avoid injury. 

What to Wear

On board dress is informal. For all expedition cruises, we advise you to bring breathable rain and windproof clothing. A warm hat, gloves, scarf, and thermal clothing including thermal underwear can be useful, when sailing to cold destinations.. Sturdy shoes are important for shore excursions and landings, and a walking stick/trekking pole may be useful. For additional information about footwear, see separate point “Equipment loans”. 

Wi/Fi

We offer Wi-Fi on board. But on expedition cruises to remote destinations, coverage and speed will be very limited. Internet will be provided through a satellite connection (if in sight), except when we’re close to mobile communication infrastructure on land. Due to capacity limitations, the included Wi-Fi is limited to browsing and not streaming. Please contact the reception desk if you have any questions related to Wi-Fi usage. The areas we sail in have poor mobile connections, or in some cases there are none available on shore. Check with your carrier for details. 

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    A stay in a cabin of your choice

  • Fully Guided

    English-speaking Expedition Team who organise and accompany activities on board and ashore

  • Meals

    Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages* in restaurants Aune and Fredheim. À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests. *House beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water

  • Transport

    Transfer from the ship to the airport in Ushuaia after the expedition cruise

  • Flights

    Flight in economy class from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires after the expedition cruise

  • Complimentary tea and coffee

  • Complimentary reusable water bottle

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board†

    †Please note there is very limited Wi-Fi and phone signal in the remote areas we travel to, and streaming is not supported.

  • Range of included activities

  • Landing Activities

    Escorted landings with small expedition boats, Loan of boots, trekking poles and all equipment for activities, Complimentary wind- and water-resistant expedition jacket, Expedition photographers on hand to assist you

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What's Not Included

  • Additional overnight(s) if required due to international flight timings

  • Luggage Handling

  • Additional Services

    Optional shore exursions with our local partners, Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team, Optional treatments in the onboard wellness and spa area

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

  • Insurance

  • International Travel

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  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Only Transfer from the ship to the airport in Ushuaia after the expedition cruise

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    We do welcome children onboard. However, Hurtigruten Expeditions doesn't allow children under the age of 5 to travel with us to Antarctica and South Georgia. For safety reasons, children under 12 years of age will be considered for participation in excursions at each landing.

  • What happens if there are changes to my itinerary?

    Every expedition cruise is unique. All routes and excursions are provisional and subject to change due to weather, sea, and/or ice conditions, amongst other factors that can cause our itineraries to change without prior notice. These decisions are taken with guest safety in mind. In the event this happens whilst we are at sea, we will inform guests as soon as possible with the updates regarding the alternative route and change of plan. If we need to cancel a port of call, we will aim to substitute this with an equal or better alternative.

  • What is the tipping policy

    No gratuities expected

  • Is free Wi-Fi available in the accommodation used?

    We offer Wi-Fi on board, but on expedition cruises to remote destinations, coverage and speed will be very limited. Internet will be provided through satellite connections (if in sight), except when we’re close to mobile communication infrastructure on land. Due to capacity limitations, the included Wi-Fi is limited to browsing and not streaming.

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    Flight in economy class from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires after the expedition cruise

  • What else do I need to know?

    All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions, Excursions and activities are subject to change, Please make sure you meet all entry and boarding requirements , No gratuities expected, Depending on your flight arrival, an additional overnight might be needed.

  • What languages are spoken onboard?

    The working language on board is English. Announcements and written information are also given in German, and may also be given in French and Chinese on selected departures. In order to be able to accommodate lectures in a language other than English, we offer an “in-ear” translation into German. Lectures will be streamed into the cabins. Whilst Santa Cruz II sails under the Ecuadorian flag; Announcements for guests are given in English, and may also be given in German, French, Spanish, or Italian depending on the guests traveling. Lectures and other presentations are held in different languages in different rooms.

  • Are expeditions suitable for children?

    We do welcome children onboard. However, Hurtigruten Expeditions doesn't allow children under the age of 5 to travel with us to Antarctica and South Georgia. For safety reasons, children under 12 years of age will be considered for participation in excursions at each landing. For those travelling to the Galápagos on Santa Cruz II only - Parents with children below the age of 6 need to present at embarkation a release form signed by their parents or guardians to board a Galápagos cruise. If children between the ages of 6-18 are accompanied by one parent/legal guardian, a minor consent form signed by the other parent, or both parents if the minor is accompanied by a legal guardian, must be presented on boarding.

  • Do I need my own equipement or can I borrow whilst onboard?

    On many of our expedition cruises, we are landing in areas covered with snow. The terrain might be muddy, uneven, wet, and very slippery. The weather may be inclement and cold. This is part of being an explorer. For settlement landings in Greenland, Iceland, Alaska, Norway, and other locations it is highly recommended to bring your own proper sturdy footwear. In Antarctica, South Georgia, and Svalbard, it is mandatory to use rubber boots for all landings as well as on nature landings in Arctic Canada, Greenland, and Iceland. In sailing areas where boots are mandatory for landings, they will be provided on board during your expedition free of charge. Boots are rinsed and declared clean from seeds and other biological material after every landing to avoid unintentionally spreading invasive species into fragile environments. We carry sizes from 32 to 50. If you need a smaller or larger size than this or prefer to wear your own boots, you are welcome to bring private rubber boots, but please be advised that our Expedition Team will have them checked before going ashore, to make sure they are suitable for landing. We also lend out walking sticks on board. If you are more comfortable using your own walking sticks, bring them along with you, but bear in mind that they must be properly cleaned and disinfected after every landing. For those guests onboard Santa Cruz II equipment includes sit-on-top kayaks, paddle boards, a glass bottom boat, and snorkeling gear (mesh bags, masks, fins, tubes, and buoyancy vests). The use of all these is free of charge. These activities are regulated by the National Park and must always be under the supervision of a licensed naturalist guide. Guests must attend a short safety briefing before these activities are held. Safety briefings and release documents are mandatory for participation in these activities. Wetsuits are available in all sizes, from XXS to XXL. All gear provided by the ship is cleaned and disinfected under the medical officer´s supervision. A brand-new mouthpiece is given to each snorkeler when using the ship´s gear.

  • Why do I need to pay a single supplement if I am travelling along?

    The voyage prices you see across the website and brochures are based on two people travelling together and sharing a cabin. Solo travellers may be required to pay an additional fee known as a Single Supplement, which can vary depending on the cabin selected or destination. However, we understand that in the true spirit of exploration - some guests like to travel solo. So we occasionally remove this additional Single Supplement fee across selected departures, voyages and destinations. This list of departures is often changing, so for the latest information, please contact us.

  • What is your gratuity policy?

    On board Hurtigruten Expedition Ships, it's not common practice or expected to tip. However, we have learned that many of our guests wish to give special thanks to our service crew on board. It is at the individual's discretion to honour the service provided by the crew in the bars, restaurants, cabins, and behind the scene. If you wish to leave a tip, you can do so by one of the following options: By seeing the reception and debit the amount to your cruise account. Or leave a tip in the tipping box located at the Reception, during the last days of the voyage. The money collected from these boxes will then be divided equally among all crew members after the voyage, we ask not to tip individual crew members during the voyage to ensure the people behind the scenes also are included. Please Note: Officers and Expedition Team are not included in this breakdown.

  • Can I use a drone whilst onboard?

    The use of passenger-operated drones is not permitted during your voyage. This is for general safety as well as the protection of vulnerable wildlife and other guests’ personal security. Drones are not allowed in Galapagos. Flash photography is not allowed on wildlife in the national parks. Professional video photography requires a special permit of the National Park Directorate.

  • What should I pack for my Expedition cruise?

    From the frozen Antarctic to the temperate Galapagos Islands and West Africa - the climate and conditions vary between the various destinations we explore. Regardless of the destination you visit, we recommend you bring suitable footwear for both wet and dry landings. It's possible to borrow boots, trekking poles, and other bits of equipment depending on the destination you travel to.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    We care deeply about your safety, health, and well-being. We’ve several procedures throughout all our ships, designed to keep you safe and healthy. We constantly review the global situation and ensure all our measures are following the latest guidelines from local authorities as well as our prevention measures.

Reviews of this Operator

JB37  

Fabulous Expedition Cruise

20-Feb-2024

This cruise was absolutely fantastic. The staff were friendly and helpful. The expeditions were super well organised and extremely interesting. The expedition crew were so knowledgeable, informative, funny and inspiring! Best science lessons I have ever experienced! Field trips are so exciting - for any age! The underwater drone was fascinating especially when looking at shipwrecks and the sea beds, watching starfish, lug worms and all forms of fish move etc. Plenty of interesting talks on the species of whale, birds and vegetation that we witnessed seeing in their natural habitats

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Danko  

Perfect Antarctica Cruise

15-Dec-2023

We wanted a different experience and we got it ! Vessel completely fulfilled our expectations, from the accommodation, food and safety on board to the pre and post cruise arrangements. Hurtigruten did well in organising our flights and hotel accommodation in Buenos Aires before and after the Cruise. Nothing much to say about Antartica, this is a whole new and different planet, nature scenes are absolutely stunning. Expedition Team on board providing different workshops and lectures was just a cream on the top... Young and educated experts were not saving time in providing all scientific questions we had for them. All the landing points shore excursions were perfectly organised, what gave us a possibility to explore Antarctica deeper then we thought it will be possible. You can not choose weather, but even with weather we had a bit of luck, temperatures between -5 and +5 C, even a lot of clear blue sky ! All together, perfect Antarctica Cruse ! Thumbs up for Hurtigruten !

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twototravel  

Trip of a Lifetime

10-Jan-2024

Our cruise only had about 300 passengers. The entire crew was fantastic! The expedition crew ensured we had as many outings as possible, and our several days we had landings and zodiac cruises. We had terrific weather up until the last landing. They issue boots and you get a complimentary jacket. Hiking poles in different heights are also provided. Food was delicious in the Aune restaurant and varied. Breakfast was especially good with crispy bacon! Everything is made from scratch in the kitchens which is amazing. We ate in the “fast food” Freidham a couple of times. Tried the 8.50 euro milkshake. Ship is beautiful with a 6 story digital screen behind the glass elevators. Lots of nooks to be by yourself looking out at the scenery. Scenery was breathtaking / the icebergs, the water, whales, penguins, seals and birds. No entertainment to speak of other than loads of lectures and art sessions. We did have two nights where the crew had a band and played music. There is a small pool and jacuzzi, a sauna, a spa, and small gym.

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